Health & Wellbeing Innovation Grants 2017-2018

*Currently closed for applications*

Are you a member of a community organisation or a group which has an interest in helping to make Norwich a healthier place to live? Do you have ideas for a new service or activity but are in need of resources to begin? If so, Healthy Norwich would like to hear from you.

Healthy Norwich is a programme which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the city and its surrounding area. It is a partnership between NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Norwich City Council, Broadland District Council and Public Health.

Healthy Norwich operates in the area served by GP Practices within Norwich CCG – please note this is the Norwich City Council boundary and also overlaps into Broadland District Council.  A list of member practices is available here:

Find out more about Healthy Norwich and its programmes through the links below:

Healthy Norwich Fact Sheet

Healthy Norwich funded programmes 2017

Healthy Norwich is seeking to award grants to encourage and support innovation that helps create a healthier, happier Norwich. The grants will be made from two innovation funds – one for mental wellbeing and one for reducing health inequalities amongst vulnerable groups and deprived communities. Mental wellbeing and reducing inequalities are two themes which underpin everything Healthy Norwich sets out to achieve.

Who can apply

Applications can be made by constituted voluntary and community groups, charitable organisations and social enterprises, served by GP Practices within Norwich CCG. Applications can also be accepted from Parish/ Town and District Councils for projects that clearly meet the Fund aims. Applications from these organisations to support community projects that involve or engage public sector health services/ providers are welcomed.

Grants cannot be awarded to an individual, and where an organisation is not formally constituted (e.g. a collective) and we would not pay a grant into an individual’s bank account.

Please refer to our FAQs for specific guidance on the types of organisation/ project that are eligible to apply. Please note the specific guidance in the FAQs for Social Enterprises/ CICs.

Schools are not eligible to apply.

Grants available

Grants of up to £5,000 will be considered under each of the two funds.  Organisations may apply to either or both funds, but each application must be for an independent project idea that fully meets the relevant fund criteria.

Applications will be considered from projects to be delivered over a 12 month period commencing from June 2017.

  • Mental Wellbeing Innovation Fund

This fund is specifically seeking applications from local organisations keen to deliver projects with positive mental wellbeing at their core. The project will also understand the added value and contribution of physical health to mental wellbeing.

NB Healthy Norwich can help identify a range of public spaces in Lakenham and Tuckswood which would be appropriate for any projects which are focused on food growing, cultivation or conservation. For more details, please contact

  • Innovation to Support Sustainable Healthy Communities Fund

This fund is seeking applications from organisations keen to trial innovative ideas and deliver local projects that can demonstrate impact on obesity, smoking prevalence and fuel poverty. An ability of a project to build community capacity or to understand the added value technology can offer to health inequality, are of particular interest to Healthy Norwich.

Please note both of the innovation funds are seeking to support projects which can also demonstrate impact on one or more of the work theme Healthy Norwich is currently addressing. These are:

  • Promoting Healthy Weight and Lifestyles
  • Smoking Cessation and Prevention
  • Affordable Warmth

Healthy Norwich would like to clarify the term ‘innovation’ used in the title of both funds. Both funds are keen to support ideas which are imaginative. Each fund is seeking to support an innovative and new idea, project or service which either reaches your existing client group in a new way, or supports a project which expands an existing idea to reach a new client group. Alternatively it maybe your application is to pilot of a new untested delivery idea.

When to apply
The next deadline for applications will be published here when the Fund is open.

How to apply
Norfolk Community Foundation has launched a new way to apply online, which enables applicants to complete more of the process entirely online if they wish.  If you have any problems at all using the new system please contact the Grants Team for support. 

If you are using an old version of eg. Internet Explorer you may find it helpful to download a copy of Google Chrome to ensure you have the best experience – this browser is free to download here  

Independent reference: Please note: we no longer require applicants to provide an independent reference with every application. Instead you will be asked to provide contact details for a referee within the online application form and we will contact the referee where we feel this will be helpful. Please see our FAQs for guidance on choosing an independent referee.

Making an online application:

Step 1 – Complete the online application form by clicking on the link below.  The new form enables you to upload various pieces of supporting information to complete your application. You can still send some or all of your supporting information separately by email or by post if you wish.

Step 2 – Ensure that Norfolk Community Foundation receives your online form, and all supporting information, by the deadline date.

Click here to begin an online application

For Fund enquiries please contact Jenny Bevan, Grants Manager,  tel 01603 623958 or by email at  


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